World no. 16 South Africa men’s hockey team thrashed 39th ranked Mexico men’s hockey team in the final pool stage match of the FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar to finish third.
The results means that South Africa will stay afloat in the tournament by making it to the cross-overs.
Matthew de Sousa (1st minute), Nicholas Spooner (17th), Nqobile Ntuli (32nd), Austin Smith (50th), Richard Pautz (53rd) and skipper Keenan Horne (58th) sounded the board for South Africa.
South Africa’s Nqobile Ntuli, who was also the Man of the Match said tonights result has given them confidence.
“We started slowly in the tournament. We didn’t get the results we wanted upfront. But we’ve slowly built ourselves and we got a result tonight that will give us confidence.”
While USA directly qualified for the last-four round from the pool, Japan and South Africa will have to go through the cross-overs to make it to the semifinals.